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A group of animal activists are planning a rally in Washington D.C. this week in hopes of finally freeing Nosey the Elephant.A group of animal activists are planning a rally in Washington D.C. this week in hopes of finally freeing Nosey the Elephant.

Activists to Descend Upon USDA to Save Nosey the Elephant

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A group of animal activists are planning a rally in Washington D.C. this week in hopes of finally freeing Nosey the Elephant.

Nosey is a 32-year-old pachyderm who was sold to Hugo Liebel in 1988 and has been used in circuses performances and elephant rides since then. Nosey has been in the spotlight for several years now amid complaints she is forced to perform despite her obvious suffering from arthritis and a chronic untreated eye infection. Last fall, actress Olivia Munn fired off a letter to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture chastising the agency for being aware of Nosey’s condition and not doing anything about it, and demanding that they confiscate Nosey from Liebel and permanently revoke his exhibitor’s license.

Unfortunately, despite that Liebel has been cited for violating the Animal Welfare Act two hundred times, the USDA did not revoke his license and Nosey continues to suffer. It’s for this reason that the group Save Nosey NOW!, is holding the rally, on June 26.

The event will take place at 11 a.m., and so far, according to its Facebook page, nearly 500 people are planning to attend. The group plans to “walk around the USDA building in protest of their actions and urge them to rescind that license and confiscate Nosey so that she may enjoy the rest of her life in a true sanctuary, away from the threats of bullhooks, chains and electric shocks.”

The rally is being supported by other animal rights groups, including PETA, AARF and JaneUnChained‘s own Jane Velez-Mitchell who will report live.

We hope that the USDA finally listens to the pleas and gives Nosey the freedom that she deserves.

Photo: PETA.org

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  • Sjanna

    Thank you, Brianne, for this well summarized article detailing Nosey’s plight. I, too, hope that the USDA will finally place Nosey in a sanctuary where she can be with other elephants and live a normal life.

  • Frank Smith

    What we do to each other, we do to other species. This elephant is old and has arthritis. So do I. I had the option of not working when I could not move well. Nosey has been worked well beyond her time. If people do not fight, she will die in harness. Jenny Mann

  • Clarissa W Dalloway

    I saw the Facebook page that moronic family has up for Nosey…They are so self-absorbed that the vibe floats right off the page. All I have to say about people like that is that if I ever made their acquaintance…I’d show them about as much respect as they have shown poor Nosey.

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